Division III Track and Field: Day Two Recap

May 27, 2005

Eight national champions were crowed in the second day of the NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championship, held at Walston-Hoover Stadium at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, including Robyn Jarocki, from Wisconsin-Oshkosh, who won her second 2005 title, with a victory in the shot put; a three-time mens shot put title holder in Cody Brotherton (McMurray); and a two-time womens high jump champion, Christyn Schumann (Trinty, Texas).

Jarocki, who won the womens discus title Thursday, claimed the womens shot put title with a throw of 48-0.5 improving on her fourth-place finish in the event last year. In mens shot put, Brotherton earned his third consecutive outdoor shot put title with a throw of 60-4.75, a Walston-Hoover Stadium record. Brotherton won the event in 2003 (58-6.5) and 2004 (59-11.5).

Schumann won her second consecutive outdoor high jump title with a leap of 5-9.25, the same height she won the title with in 2004. She also won the 2005 indoor high jump title.

Jovia Chadwick of Williams College won the womens heptathalon with 4,931 total points; though she did not win an event in the seven-event heptathalon, she grabbed second-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles, shot put and javelin en route to the title.

Zach Barr of Monmouth College, won the mens 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:03.19. He had the nations fastest time coming into the NCAA National Championship at 8:56.40.

Four of the top five finishers in the womens 3,000-meter steeplechase received All-America honors in 2004, including 2005 National Champion Shauneen Garrahan (Amherst) who posted a time of 10:33.21. Amanda Kuca, a junior from Concordia (Wisconsin) took second in 10:36.78, while Wisconsin-LaCrosses Julie Rudd was third at 10:41.92. Senior Gina Lucrezi of DeSales was the only one of the top five who did not finish among 2004s top eight, though she took fourth (10:50.69) on Friday. Ellie Fernandez (John Carroll) rounded out the top five (10:55.76).

Kevin Deering (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) won the decathlon with a total of 7,104 points, and won the high jump (6-9.75) and pole vault (14-5.25) en route to the title. Deering hung in the top five throughout most of the 10-event decathlon, bettering Ben Dillow, a sophomore from George Fox who finished with 6,932 points. Tyler May (Willamette), a 2004 All-America honoree, finished third at 6,841.

Cale VanGenderen (Central) won the mens high jump with a leap of 6-11.5, by virtue of fewer tries than the second and third-place finishers. Andy Stoecken (Loras) finished second, while Paul Klemic (Richard Stockton) took third. Van Genderen is a three-time All-America in the event having finished sixth in 2004 and eighth in 2003.

-- Courtesy Wartburg